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Roger loses final to Roddick

13.01.2007 | Tennis

Roger had to experience a defeat against Andy Roddick. The defending champion Roddick picked up a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win Saturday over Roger in the final of the invitational Kooyong Classic. However, the result of the exhibition match doesn't count on their official records.

 

Roger remains 12-1 officially in his career against Roddick and looked good in patches in the second set on the weekend before he begins his Australian Open title defense.

 

"It was hard conditions, and against Andy I knew that if the wind was going to be blowing, that it's going to be really hard from the baseline, so I decided, instead of breaking my rhythm, I would rather come to the net and try something else and try to play a little bit this way. Because already it's hard to return his serve. But in this wind, on my own serves, to battle along, it's not just great fun, so I decided to change it up a bit. It worked pretty well, gave me the idea that I have that option as well." Roger said.

 

Roddick was happy to win his first match against Roger, of course,  but didn’t want to overrate it, either.

 

"I think it needs to be done on a big stage before you put too much emphasis on it." Roddick stated.

 

Despite the loss, Roger said he was happy with his preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.

 

"I'm feeling good - I feel like I'm ready," he said. "It's a shame I couldn't win ... but it was good preparation." Roger said.

 

His focus now is on defending his title at the Autralian Open to reach for the 10th Grand Slam title in his carreer. The task is not too easy though as he was drawn in a difficult half.

 

"I think it's a fair draw. I have good players in my sections. I think Youzhny is an excellent player, Djokovic is an excellent player, and the guy I play first round, I lost to him in '99, I've never beaten him. We'll see what happens. I feel good about my chances, obviously. But Grand Slam is a long story so I have to attack it in a good way and hopefully play a good opening match."

 
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01/13/2007 | 11:53 PM
I love watching Roger in the slams, he seems to transform before our eyes every time and by the finals, we are witnessing perfection. It doesn't matter who's in the draw, remember, they drew Roger!

Andy's a good player right now, with a lot of confide
01/13/2007 | 11:50 PM
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Come on Roger don´t be sad...That was a exhibition game only

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01/13/2007 | 11:47 PM
And you will, Roger, and all your fans will be watching! But remember, we will always love you no matter what happens, you're always a great entertainment to watch! Andy is right, though, you can't put too much emphasis on it at this point but it is good
01/13/2007 | 11:25 PM
Good luck for the Open and winning your 10th slam.

Lots of good wishes for 2007.

Susanna.
01/13/2007 | 11:12 PM
Roger,
This is good warmup for AO, and a little gift for Roddick. We fans are confident that you and your team are well prepared for the AO. We hope and pray that you are extra focused and play agressively for the AO, your defensive game is also very a
01/13/2007 | 10:48 PM
Good Luck!Stay focused, you know you have beaten them all before!
Best Wishes to you and yours
01/13/2007 | 10:39 PM
Hi Dear Roer , King Roger ,...!
You are the best tennis player .
Don't think about this lost . Go to AO for repeat Your champion in it .

GO ROGER >>>GO!

http:/ffkrf.mihanblog.com(Your blog)

Thanks
01/13/2007 | 10:31 PM
Never mind... poor Roddick can't beat you when it's important:) maybe you don't like this tournament, do you?;)
but it doesn't count in the official records and it was a good build-up for the Australian Open.
Save your title, and we are always with you
01/13/2007 | 10:19 PM
hi roger SORRY for losing .anyway my cousin mercy and i would be supporting u in the Australian open we know u can do it. ps good luck in the grandslam. yo fav fan senzen. love u.
01/13/2007 | 09:50 PM
Unlucky Roger!!

Maybe this is a blessing in disguise as you lost to Tommy Haas in the same event last year but then you went on to win the Aussie Open & had an excellent year. I hope that proves correct.

Good Luck at the AO & for the rest of the ye